Armed primarily with an acoustic guitar, clarinet, trombone, and MacBook, San Francisco’s Chris Klippel has recorded about 40 songs in his apartment during his three years living in the Bay Area. He has managed to produce home recordings that not only contain high sound quality, (which is no easy task), but also create some of the most inventive sounds I’ve heard all year.
Some of Klippel’s earlier albums contain fairly straightforward pop, rock, and folk songs, but his work truly shines on his genre-ignoring EP entitled Blacktivism. The album is a catchy mishmash of his clarinet, guitar, and loads of falsetto harmonies over toe-tapping rhythms. I’d try to describe his work further, but instead I’ll simply suggest you listen to “Why Say Stop (Out of Step)” to get a feel for the album yourself. Also check out his great cover of Bobby Caldwell’s “What You Won’t Do” off his R&B-themed Whitesploitation.
Klippel occasionally plays solo shows around the Bay Area, and plans on releasing physical copies of his albums in the near future. For now, you can stream or download 7 of his EP’s for free on his bandcamp page. Chris tells me he is constantly recording, and has been releasing an EP about every three months over the last year. I’ll definitely be on the lookout for his next release, and I think you should be, too.